Cancun #4 among the top trending holiday destinations for Canadians in 2017

KAYAK‘s 2017 holiday data was recently unveiled, highlighting the most searched places for holiday travel this year, as selected by Canadians. Findings are taken from flight searches conducted between January 1, 2017 through September 28, 2017, and the searches coincide with travel planned between December 1, 2017 and January 15, 2018.

KAYAK’s research found that Canadians book their holiday flights later than Americans, who start locking down plans in September. Canadians do it a month later in October (so now’s the time to get planning!).

This could perhaps have to do with the order of Thanksgiving; Americans may need to plan earlier since their Thanksgiving holiday is in November rather than October, and they don’t want to miss out on deals and be rushing last minute to figure out plans. However, KAYAK notes that flight prices tend to decrease at the beginning of November and remain pretty constant throughout the holidays, so does the extra month really matter?

PHOTO: Cancun beach shoreline. (photo by Greg Custer)

Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico is No. 4 among the top trending holiday destinations for Canadians in 2017
(46 per cent increase)

Cancun is consistently a favoured travel destination among Canadians–it’s a cheaper option than others on this list. Cancun is the most wallet-friendly flight out of Toronto (median price $547) and Winnipeg (median price $688).

Tip: Prices tend to drop in January so if you can, opt to plan your trip for after the holidays.

As for when Canadians tend to search for both domestic and international flights, KAYAK reports that the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST window during weekdays is primetime. After all, who doesn’t like to day dream about vacation while sitting at work? Friday is the cheapest day to fly out of Canada (or across Canada) and Monday is the cheapest day to return.

Interesting to note is that Canadians tend to take an average of 13 vacation days (three more than those in the U.S.) during the winter holidays, which is three more days than last year’s findings.